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Independent Oversight Inspection, Hanford Site - February 2009

February 2009

Inspection of Environment, Safety and Health Programs at the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight, within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), inspected environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) during October through November 2008. HSS reports directly to the Office of the Secretary of Energy, and the ES&H inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

BNI has made significant improvements in nuclear safety processes, in part, to address systemic weaknesses identified by internal and external assessments and investigations (e.g., black cell piping procurement issues). For the systems and locations reviewed by Independent Oversight, the BNI efforts have resulted in significant improvements in several important areas, such as configuration management, procurement, and construction quality.

Sections 2 and 3 discuss the key positive attributes and weaknesses, respectively, identified during this inspection. Section 4 presents a summary assessment of the effectiveness of the major ISM elements that were reviewed. Section 5 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of ORP’s and BNI’s management of ES&H programs, and Section 6 presents the ratings assigned during this inspection. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B presents the findings identified during this Independent Oversight inspection.